Vicious Pink

|Pereskia grandifolia bloom + bud detail|

|Pereskia grandifolia bloom + bud detail|

The other day I was walking along and minding my Plant Provocateur business when I came across something I swore I had seen before but couldn't put my finger on.  Then it hit me.  Some years ago when I helped to open the now renowned Flora Grubb Gardens, Flora herself brought in a peculiar cactus I had never seen before.  It grew as a series of deep green succulent canes adorned with broad succulent-like leaves that camouflaged a fearsome array of dark black sharp spines.  So, here I am again coming face to face with this very unique cactus called Pereskia grandifolia also known as the Rose-Cactus and its covered with beautiful pink cactus blooms but in miniature.  I gotta give a shout out to my friend and plant expert Jason Dewees for helping me identify today's Plant Provocateur profile plant.

|Pereskia grandifolia profile|

|Pereskia grandifolia profile|

Now Pereskia grandifolia comes to us from Brazil as an evergreen shrub that does best in the USDA zones of 9-11 (minimum temps between 20-30 degrees fahrenheit).  It can grow up to 15 feet tall and wide if you let it.  It loves full to part sun, coarse, sandy, well-drained soil, and regular moisture.  As I mentioned, it does come fully equipped with some slender, wicked black spikes, so if you're feeling like living dangerously, handle with serious care!  In Brazil, the common name for this plant is Pray-For-Us.  You get the picture.  Now with these warnings in place I still think, for the brave at heart, this is an amazing specimen to get and grow.  I hear its pretty easy to grow from cuttings. Give it what it needs and in return you'll have yourself some serious vicious pink.